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Economic Development Initiatives


Economic Development Strategy

The City of Yellowknife is committed to engaging our residents and businesses in growing and developing our community.

We support partnerships and initiatives that contribute to a diverse and vibrant local and regional economy, draw investment to Yellowknife and the NWT, and encourage new business and residents to join our growing and prosperous community. We enjoy working with local creative people and welcome your involvement in helping the City communicate better and enhancing our local economy.

The Economic Development Strategy is the result of learning from the past, using the knowledge of today and developing a vision for the future.  This vision sees Yellowknife as a city open for business, a diverse business community,  a dynamic, growing community and a talented and educated community.

Read more about the City of Yellowknife's 2014-2019 Economic Development Strategy:

Downtown Revitalization Vision

On September 11, 2017 City of Yellowknife Council voted in favour to adopt A Downtown Revitalization Vision for Yellowknife. The Vision was initially presented to the Municipal Services Committee in a Memo on August 28.

The Memo provides information regarding Council's Goals & Objectives, pilot initiatives and considerations taken into account when drafting the Vision.

Downtown Patio and Public Washroom Incentives 2017

On June 19, 2017 City of Yellowknife Council passed Motion #0122-17 establishing a Downtown Patio Incentive and a Public Washroom Incentive.

Downtown Sidewalk Patios

  1. Applicant is issued a Downtown Sidewalk Patio Permit. Application package available here.
  2. Applicant completes construction of the Sidewalk Patio.
  3. City of Yellowknife Planner conducts a site visit to confirm that the patio has been constructed in accordance with the issued Downtown Sidewalk Patio Permit.   
  4. Applicant submits proof of construction costs to the Department of Planning and Development
  5. Department of Planning and Development verifies construction costs and authorizes issuance of the grant.

Public Washrooms

  1. Applicant contacts Department of Economic Develoment and Strategy (EDS) at 867.920.5600 or and provides written consent from landlord indicating the existing washroom in the tenants building is to be designated as a public washroom.
  2. CED confirms location is a non-government property.
  3. Applicant and landlord sign Public Washroom Agreement / Release Form.
  4. City provides signage to be displayed.
  5. City of Yellowknife issues $500 to applicant.

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Administrator - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699